What's an EGOT?

Robert Lopez becomes the youngest EGOT reciepient, winning Oscar for "Let it Go."

Johnny Vy / ©A.M.P.A.S.Johnny Vy / ©A.M.P.A.S.Seconds after Jamie Foxx and Jessica Biel presented the Oscar for Best Original Song to Robert Lopez and his wife, Kristen Anderson, a curious acronym likely popped up in your Twitter feed.

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Last night, Lopez became one of only 12 people to earn a competitive Emmy, Grammy, Oscar, and Tony Award. Not only is he the youngest to have clenched the EGOT, he did so in record time.

His road to joining the exclusive club began in 2004 with the Tony for Best Original Score for Avenue Q, the show he premiered Off-Broadway with creative partner Jeff Marx. Lopez scored a Daytime Emmy for Outstanding Achievement in Music Direction and Composition for Wonder Pets in 2008 and again two years later. 2011 was the year of Book of Mormon, for which Lopez took home Tony Awards for Best Book of a Musical and Best Original Score for the show he developed with South Park creators Matt Stone and Trey Parker. Book of Mormon’s original cast recording also won Lopez the Best Music Theater Album Grammy in 2012.

So what do you do when you’ve reached the pinnacle of your field before the age of 40? Well, Lopez could aim for a Pulitzer Prize. Two EGOT members, Marvin Hamlisch and Rochard Rodgers, have achieved the honor. For now, Lopez and Anderson are developing Up Here, a new musical that he describes as “kind of like Annie Hall meets Cirque du Soleil. It’s a romantic comedy with a huge theatrical twist.”

See below for a list of other EGOT recipeints:

Richard Rodgers, composer 
Emmy: 1962 – Best Original Music, Composed, Winston Churchill: The Valiant Years
Grammy: 1960 – Best Show Album, The Sound of Music
Oscar: 1945 – Best Song, “It Might as Well Be Spring” 

Tony: 1950 – Best Musical, South Pacific

Helen Hayes, actress
Emmy: 1953 – Best Actress, Schlitz Playhouse of Stars
Grammy: 1977 – Best Spoken Word Recording, Great American Documents
Oscar: 1932 – Best Actress, The Sin of Madelon Claudet

Tony: 1947 – Best Actress, Drama, Happy Birthday

Rita Moreno, actress and singer
Emmy: 1977 – Best Supporting Actress in Variety or Music, The Muppet Show
Grammy: 1972 – Best Recording for Children, The Electric Company
Oscar: 1961 – Best Supporting Actress, West Side Story

Tony: 1975 – Best Supporting Actress in a Play, The Ritz

John Gielgud, actor and director
Emmy: 1991 – Best Actor in a Miniseries or Special, Summer’s Lease
Grammy: 1979 – Best Spoken Word, Documentary or Drama, Ages of Man
Oscar: 1981 – Best Supporting Actor, Arthur

Tony: 1948 – Best Foreign Company, The Importance of Being Earnest

Emmy: 1993 – Best Informational Programming, Gardens of the World with Audrey Hepburn
Grammy: 1994 – Best Spoken Word Album for Children, Audrey Hepburn’s Enchanted Tales
Oscar: 1953 – Best Actress, Roman Holiday

Tony: 1954 – Best Actress, Drama, Ondine

Marvin Hamlisch, composer and conductor
Emmy: 1995 – Best Music Direction, Barbra: The Concert
Grammy: 1973 – Song of the Year,  “The Way We Were”
Oscar: 1973 – Best Original Dramatic Score, The Way We Were

Tony: 1976 – Best Musical Score, A Chorus Line

Jonathan Tunick, composer and music director
Emmy: 1982 – Best Music Direction, Night of 100 Stars
Grammy: 1988 – Best Arrangement Accompanying Vocals, “No One Is Alone”
Oscar: 1977 – Best Original Score, A Little Night Music

Tony: 1997 – Best Orchestrations, Titanic

Mel Brooks, director, screenwriter, composer, lyricist, comedian, actor, producer
Emmy: 1967 – Best Writing, Variety, The Sid Caesar, Imogene Coca, Carl Reiner, Howard Morris Special
Grammy: 1998 – Best Spoken Comedy Album, The 2000 Year Old Man in the Year 2000
Oscar: 1968 – Best Original Screenplay, The Producers

Tony: 2001 – Best Musical, The Producers

Mike Nichols, director, writer, producer, comedian
Emmy: 2001 – Best Directing for Miniseries, Movie or Special, Wit
Grammy: 1961 – Best Comedy Performance, An Evening with Mike Nichols and Elaine May
Oscar: 1967 – Best Director, The Graduate

Tony: 1964 – Best Director, Drama, Barefoot in the Park

Whoopi Goldberg, actress, comedian, producer, director, writer
Emmy: 2002 – Best Special Class Special, Beyond Tara: The Extraordinary Life of Hattie McDaniel (Daytime Emmy)
Grammy: 1985 – Best Comedy Recording, Whoopi Goldberg
Oscar: 1990 – Best Supporting Actress, Ghost

Tony: 2002 – Best Musical, Thoroughly Modern Millie

Scott Rudin, producer
Emmy: 1984 – Best Children’s Program, He Makes Me Feel Like Dancin’
Grammy: 2012 – Best Musical Theater Album, The Book of Mormon
Oscar: 2007 – Best Picture, No Country for Old Men
Tony: 1994 – Best Musical, Passion

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